Day 133 Erin, our old friend from DC, had just moved to Bend to do a year-long volunteer programme. Her and her new roommates, Kathleen & Diana, let us, along with Reddy & Rafiki, crash at their place. It was SOOOO good to catch up with Erin. The volunteer programme she’s doing is really exciting… she’s doing therapy with young children from at-risk homes. The down side was that she had to work the day we were there, but by some random encounter we got connected w/Bjorn, a PCT thru-hiker hopeful who lives in the same apartment complex.
Bjorn was ah may zing! He drove us all over Bend so we could run errands, go to REI and pick up supplies. In exchange we gave him our advice on all manner of PCT things….. gear, training, weather… And we found more about Bjorn… him and his wife Elise have travelled all over the world, go to a super cool church that runs a community garden and homeless shelter, and they hope to maybe open a “pay as much as you can” cafe one day.
That night Dan cooked up a delux vegitarian, gluten-free, dairy free dinner. Then that night we went to a local brewary… hoping to meet up w/Chuck Norris & Tigger who were in Bend and also Bjorn & Elise. Unforuntately we missed those 4 but we still managed to enjoy some nice microbrews (& tater tots) with Erin, Kathleen, Diana, Reddy & Rafiki.